The Art Evangelists School (AES) is designed for those who love God and love being creative at any level of skill. We believe visual artists have a God-given role and place in every sphere of society, people group, generation and nation. In this school, we study various art mediums primarily focused on visual arts and unpack what it means to be a godly artist, someone who creates from the beauty and life that is inside them.
Our aim is to train you, the artist, to be an effective cross-cultural evangelist – that you'd seek to display the splendor of God to the nations through visual arts, and be able to work as an individual and in unity as part of a team. We do this in submission to and including the Holy Spirit in the creative process in order to bring people to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ and minister the truth to any culture.
In YWAM we provide a live-learn environment. We believe that when you're able to apply something to your life, you learn it at a deeper level. To be an artist, it's not enough to just study art therapy. Likewise, to be a godly artist, you also need to apply God's truth to your life.
The AES includes two phases – lecture phase and outreach phase – that will grow you in your artistic ability as well as your character as an artist. Both phases are designed for you to be able to better live out your passions and calling, and we believe that everyone has the potential to use art as a tool for sharing God's love.
Successful completion of a Discipleship Training School is a prerequisite for AES.
This school is bilingual - English and Spanish
In the AES we want to see you grow in your technical ability as an artist, and also in your character and development as a godly artist, able to accurately and effectively communicate who God is.
With this in mind, each week will present a different topic, whether on technical matters of drawing or painting, the heart purity of the artist, tools of art evangelism or otherwise. You'll be able to develop hand skills through class as well as individual practice times and on-location sessions. During the 12 weeks of lectures you'll have times to co-create with God and serve alongside other missionaries on the base and in the community.
The 8-10 weeks of outreach will involve art evangelism in a variety of missions and ministry settings, receiving and communicating God's message to others. Some activities may include engaging the community through art, partnership with churches and ministries, giving away art pieces, therapeutic art, prayer and worship, gospel presentations or any other kind of service. You will also have the opportunity to lead creative projects and share responsibilities within the team.
Art has the potential to cross many barriers and is a tool that enables you to connect with others whether they share the same language, nationality or set of beliefs as you or not. When we draw portraits, paint murals, do art therapy in a rehab center, or make a public proclamation piece, it helps us to share God's heart. An AES outreach seeks to value relationship with people in evangelism, be relevant to the culture, and give sacrificially for the kingdom of God to be established.
One thing that we do as a YWAM Mazatlan community is outreach during one of the largest events of the city, and it's during the AES quarter! Carnaval is an occasion that bring hundreds of thousands of people to Mazatlan. The main events happen right in our neighborhood, giving us the opportunity to witness to and serve many a passerby. As we seek to reach the masses around us, art definitely comes into play! We put together creative projects used for ministry which may include painting canvases, putting on plays, musical presentations, one on one art giveaways, interactive art pieces, exhibitions and more. Carnaval ministry is a great chance to get your feet wet in art evangelism and reach out using your artistic gifting!
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We are a completely bilingual campus! Meaning, speaking only Spanish or English will be more than enough. If neither Spanish nor English is your first language, you just need to comprehend and/or speak one. That being said, we’ve had students in the past that weren’t fluent in either of our languages, and they’ve been willing, amazing people that brought amazing life and culture to our base family. Pray about it! We don't want to hold you back if you're called here.
Our YWAM campus is located within walking distance to lots of ‘Tiendas’ (little shops), restaurants, yummy tacos, scenic spots, and coffee shops, as well as some great beaches. Wal-Mart and other grocery stores, the Golden Zone (tourist area), excellent restaurants, movie theatres, and a shopping mall are either a short taxi/uber ride or bus ride away.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are provided and all meals are eaten together on our outdoor patio, which looks out over the ocean! Our campus has a kitchen run by our staff and students. We do our best to accommodate all health restrictions (gluten-free, dairy-free), but know that there might be times where we are unable to. There is a fridge for students to use and store personal food in.
For girls – there are no short shorts or skirts, no crop tops. When it comes to swimming, we require swim shorts, and a one piece/tank top.
For guys – Please no speedos. Please don’t have your boxers showing or be shirtless unless swimming.
This will all be covered more in-depth in your welcome pack, after applying!
Your airline will determine how much/what kind of luggage you can bring; however while on outreach you will be limited to one pack/suitcase. So pack accordingly. Large hiking/trekking backpacks are ideal for Outreach, but you can get along with a duffel or suitcase if you can't get your hands on a backpack. We totally recommend having a hiking pack if possible. Your accommodations during the Lecture Phase will be limited in personal storage space, so keep that in mind! Everything you bring on to DTS will need to be taken with you on outreach. We have no extra storage space on our campus.
You’ll need a set of good clothes for local church and ministry, casual clothes for lectures/leisure. We tend to be pretty casual at the campus, but churches here tend to dress up more. Also, depending on where you go on outreach, girls may need longer skirts and long sleeve shirts for working in remote communities. That can be purchased here if needed. And don’t forget some dress clothes for your graduation!!
*Because of the humidity here, clothes can occasionally get stretched out. Keep this in mind when you’re packing your favorite things (but don’t pack like your going to the wilderness either! We still enjoy wearing nice, stylish clothes as much as anyone!
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Suggested Reading on Raising Support:
Friendraising: Building a Support Team That Lasts by Betty Barnett
Funding Your Ministry: Whether You’re Gifted or Not by Scott Morton
People Raising: A Practical Guide to Raising Support by Bill Dillon
In regards to the hot months- do not worry! There is an AC unit in each bedroom and classroom, and we are blessed to have that during the summer!
For payment options, please go to the Donate Page and then click on the payment options link.
We have Wifi at the campus that works well. If students want to have cell coverage everywhere they go, they are welcome to call their current provider about extending coverage to Mexico or getting a data plan here that the staff can help set up. Most students tend to use Skype/Facetime/Facebook Messenger to keep in touch with family and friends, which can all be used off of Wifi.
How much you’ll need will really depend on your personal spending habits. Plan on $20 USD a week to cover toiletries, snacks and extra food, and other unexpected expenses.
In your dorm-style rooms, you are given a bunk bed, mattress, shared bathroom, and a limited selection of personal storage space. You will need to provide your own bedding for the duration of the school. You can either bring these things with you, or purchase them at a store here! The first days of your school are arrival days, and there are many trips to nearby stores to pick up whatever you might need to get situated in your room! Pillows especially- feel free to buy them here.
It’s best to have your money in an account that allows you to have an ATM card. It’s easy to make withdrawals down here at the banks, but make sure you have notified your bank you will be outside your country.
You can use one of the local laundry mats, “lavanderias”, that will wash, dry, and fold your laundry for roughly $1.50 USD per kilo. There are also a few staff who offer laundry service as well, drop off and pick up service to support their finances to be here!
Yes, like all countries, there is brokenness, hurting people, and corruption in Mexico. God has called us to be bearers of light and hope, to be a part of Him redeeming Mexico, one story and family at a time. Our campus is located in a perfect spot where we can reach places that God has called us to go to, but also host students from all over the world and have an incredible place to do that without jeopardizing safety.
We live in a middle-class neighborhood located directly on the boardwalk of the city, which is one of many places that are safe. Just like any other city in the world, there is wisdom to how we live here, and that doesn't change wherever you are. Our campus is a closed-to-the-public building, and only students and staff live there!
Because of our community-style culture, we're always doing things together. Ministry, going out for tacos at night, walks to coffee shops. We have set curfews at night, and a security guard that takes care of our campus at night.
A few practical things you can do is make sure you have a compact sleeping bag, a hiking pack (or something else that’s easy to travel with if there aren’t paved roads), conservative clothes that are easy to wash (depending on where you go, washing by hand may be your only option), and preparing to pack as little as possible. Lots of students make the mistake of bringing too much stuff on Outreach and end up regretting it when they’re running to catch a bus or trudging up a hill. Keep it as simple as possible and leave room/money for buying gifts/other things you may pick up along the way.
Be flexible! Things might not always be the way you expect them to turn out, or community living might be brand new for you; but be prepared to change your expectations and let God work in your heart. Some of the best lessons in life come when we learn to allow God to transform us when things get hard, and we end up being grateful for the lesson learned!